Kicker laces 'em up after ankle sprain

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

Sandro DeAngelis is getting a kick out of parenthood.

Even if it means the Calgary Stampeders' all-star boot and proud father of two-month-old son Massimo is bunking in unfamiliar territory during training camp.

"I've been sleeping in the guest room," DeAngelis admitted yesterday with a wry smile. "Just for training camp. After that, it's back to the mainland."

DeAngelis, 28, was back in action yesterday at McMahon Stadium after missing the first three days of main camp with a sprained ankle that's required early-morning treatment sessions with the medical staff.

DeAngelis, who rolled his ankle while instructing at a kids' kicking camp two weeks ago, didn't boot any field-goals in his first appearance of the summer but is pleased with his progress.

"It's good to be back," he said.

"I'm just happy to finally get going because you miss the guys, you're embarrassed. Everybody thinks, 'Oh, it's training camp, the guy is taking a veteran day off or whatever because he doesn't want to go through the grind.'

"I want to show the guys that I want to grind right along with them."

DeAngelis was the most accurate kicker in the CFL last season, nailing 86.2% of his field-goal attempts and scoring a league-high 217 points.

In DeAngelis' absence, punter Burke Dales has been doubling as a place-kicker in camp, although he's had mixed results with his old-fashioned toe-kicking method.

Don't expect DeAngelis to switch up his style.

"There's a reason why it went extinct, and that's because it's not very accurate," he said. "If you think about it, kicking with your toe or kicking with you entire foot -- there's way more surface area. That's why it went extinct and all the kickers today are soccer-style.

"But it is pretty comical when you see those crazy boots out there."


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